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April 25, 2013


my god!!!

I will now lose hours looking at these YouTUBe videos. They are just hypnotizing!

I don't comment much around here anymore, but I love the posts that show up on Obsidian Wings, today. Like tiny bite-sized New Yorker articles.

Keep up the good work.

Jeez, now I'm going to spend an obscene amount of time floating through the Wiki Paintings gallery on Cabanel.

Is there any reason to believe that whatever person or group decided (and maintains) the fashion that women wear high heels does not hate women? If there is anyone who finds them comfortable, I have yet to meet them. If there is anyone who does not know that there is solid scientific evidence that they are seriously damaging to the feet of those who wear them, they must have been hiding under a rock for the last couple of decades.

So perhaps the women here can shed some light: Why? Why wear them? Ever?

Despite not being a woman, I'll offer up the evo-psych suggestion, high heels make a woman's gait more 'feminine', thereby increasing attractiveness. See here for peer reviewed version and here for the Salonization of the research.

What a fascinating post! Forty years later, my feet have never recovered from the high heels I wore in my late teens and twenties. I confess I still find it hard to take seriously women who wear high heels. I have always assumed there is a conspiracy between the women shoe industry and podiatrists.

Women wear them, generally speaking (I don't wear them any more due to foot & back issues) because they make you feel powerful and sexy.

1. They make you *taller*, which is really important when you're almost always shorter than e.g. men. Tall people are looked up to, literally and figuratively, and high heels put you there.

2. They make your legs look (and feel) longer and slimmer.

3. Spike heels in particular look dangerous, knifelike, so walking confidently on them makes you look (and feel) like a person not to be trifled with. There's a reason they're often called "killer" heels, admiringly.

4. Current fashions are almost all designed to go with high heels, so wearing high heels makes your clothes look better, makes your outfits work together better.

5. The posture pushes your bust out and butt back, which makes you look sexier.

The impression I get from that video is of people accustomed to covering some ground on foot. People walk less now, but if you go to a place where people arrive mostly on foot -- say, the walking route to a college campus -- you'll see s similar gate.

Thanks, Doctor Science, for a very fun video.

As to high heels, they do look nice. Women feel good in them, when they don't hurt.

What really seems weird is the way the street space is used. There are people, bikes and horses. Everything is moving at pedestrian's pace. People feel confident standing around in intersections, and move a few steps to give way to the incoming camera, which is supposedly on a horse-drawn vehicle.

And for digital enhancing: I hate people who colour black-and-white photos, but I love this work. The old movies were taken at a slower camera speed than the 24 fps that became standard. It is simply for the fact that there were not equipment to show them at the correct speed that we got the comical, exaggeratedly fast movements shown in historical TV documentaries. Correcting the speed is quite appropriate.

People walked. In Jane Austen.s Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth, the upper class heroine, begs her father unsuccessfully for use of a horse. In Persuasion. Anne's exhaustion during a walk and Wentworth's maneuvering her into a seat in a carriage provides a major plot point. The stories are set roughly a hundred years before the films, and in a poorer society, but if the upper classes were obliged to walk, surely everyone was.

As a man, I find heels both sexy and intimidating.

A woman who appears confidant and comfortable in heels does command attention and has an intense presence. Which is the point of stilettos and those heels from the 1980s.

Sigourney Weaver got the role that made her famous through high-heel boots (her 'hooker boots' as she called them). When she went to the audition her high heels in combination with her own impressive height made it necessary for her to get her head down to get through the door. She later learned that it was this entry that impressed the producer so much that she got a role in the movie. A role, not yet the lead. To make her the heroine and final girl was decided only later. Would we still remember 'Alien' had that young actress chosen different shoes on that day. It's especially ironic since her height was up to this point a major problem for Weaver because most male leads refused to work with a female partner exceeding them in length, so she did not get lead roles.

Here in L.A., I am always shocked by all of the short actors I run across...Tom Cruise and Sylvester Stallone...Models tend to be tall...leading actors, not so much.

Film of Paris in 1900 --


The S-bend corset is the new fashion in 1900, so some of these women are probably wearing them, but they're still standing up straight. Of course, if you tilt your hat falls off, or at least pulls on yur hatpins. There's another reason for better carriage in the past -- universal hats, without elastic hatbands.

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